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A happy moment for hundreds of students was a heartwrenching one for two local families.
It's a day Ron Davis has been looking forward to since his son, Jordan, started school. But the proud father won't get to see his son walk across the stage.
The 17-year-old was shot and killed at a Southside gas station in November.
"Jordan's spirit is alive and well. Students like the ones who are going to be here today, they're going to keep his spirit alive as well," Davis just minutes before the graduation ceremony began.
Davis isn't the only missing link in this year's ceremony.
Fellow Wolfson High senior, Janay Jackson, was sleeping in her bed when police say a man driving under the influence crashed into her room, killing her.
Many students say they're still reeling from the loss of two classmates just months apart from each other.
"It's kind of hard dealing with it," said student Dennis Jackson. "But as we look on it we should just achieve our goals just for them. Let them know even though they passed, we're going to make it and make this school a better place."
Ron Davis tells Action News that both families are proud of what their teens accomplished and want to show support for the graduating class.
"I've taken the students of Wolfson High School kind of under my wing. They've shown me so much love and compassion and I show it back to them," said Davis.
The school is honoring both the Davis and Jackson families with honorary degrees on behalf of Jordan and Janay.
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Major League Baseball officials, hoping to dig up dirt in the Biogenesis doping scandal, are close to convincing the owner of a now-defunct South Florida anti-aging clinic to provide information that can be used to suspend Alex Rodriguez and other players.
According to two baseball sources familiar with the case, MLB is aiming to consummate a deal with Anthony Bosch by the end of the week that could lead to as much as a 100-game suspension for Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera and discipline for as many as 20 other players who are connected through either documents or sources to the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal.
Bosch’s cooperation would come just as the U.S. Attorney in Miami is looking closely at opening an investigation into Bosch amid allegations that he provided performance-enhancing drugs to A-Rod, Cabrera, possibly Ryan Braun of the Brewers and a host of other major league players.
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Tropical Storm Andrea is the first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters say Andrea will blast much of Florida tomorrow, bringing heavy rain, gusty winds, rough surf and severe thunderstorms.
Andrea is expected to cross the Florida peninsula before barreling up the Eastern Seaboard. Andrea is likely to drench areas from the mid-Atlantic to New England on Friday and Saturday. The National Hurricane Center says the system has already soaked Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba.
Michelle Obama—taking a harder line on heckling than her husband tends to do—confronted a woman who interrupted her speech at a Democratic fundraiser last night, the New York Times reports. After the woman shouted about gay rights, Obama said, "One of the things I don’t do well is this," and moved toward the heckler. As the crowd cheered, she said the woman could "listen to me, or you can take the mike, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice."
They came for the low prices and stayed for the lifetime commitment.
A couple that first met in a North Carolina Wal-Mart returned to the same store hold their wedding ceremony in the layaway section.
Wayne Brandenburg told CNN said he would casually browse through the store a few times a week before meeting his future wife, Susan, who was working as a cashier in the story.
“I’d ask her how she was that day, and tell her she looked very nice,” he said.
Eventually, Wayne built-up the courage to ask Susan on a date. His wife had previously passed away and Susan was working at the store after her divorce. Susan accepted the invitation to a Chinese buffet dinner and each of them brought their two grandchildren along for the night so Susan would feel comfortable.
After that first date, Wayne says he had fallen for Susan and began bringing her favorite lunch to Wal-Mart each day.
“He was very much a gentleman, and I looked forward to seeing him,” she said.
And while the story might sound a bit unusual, it’s actually somewhat common, according to one study. In fact, Psychology Today says Wal-Mart is the most popular place for Americans to fall in love at first sight.
“Perhaps the saying should go, ‘love comes when you least expect it — or when you go to Wal-Mart,’” said Wal-Mart spokesperson Ashley Hardie..
A year later, Wayne proposed. Susan accepted but they couple were not officially married until six years later. When they were trying to decide where to hold the reception, Wayne said he came up with the idea of getting married in the same store where they had first met.
“I first said it as a joke,” Wayne said. “But we batted it around and realized that it’s where we met, where we dated and where most of her friends worked, so we asked the store and they gave us their blessing.”
The wedding cake even came from the store’s bakery, although Susan’s grandchildren insisted on sprucing it up before the ceremony. They were reportedly joined by family, friends and even some store customers who stopped in to observe the ceremony.
Police say two people are behind bars after posing as landlords of abandoned homes in foreclosure.
Peggy Smith's dream came true earlier this year when she rented one of the homes on the Westside for $800 a month.
"Look at this home. It's gorgeous! I thought it was too good to be true because you can't rent a home like this for under $1,000 a month here, but we thought it was a rent-to-own and maybe that's why it was a little bit cheaper."
But Smith just learned her family lives in the home illegally. Police say they were duped by their supposed landlords, Rosemary McCoy and Elton McCall.
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